4TH SUNDAY OF YEAR (C). FEBRUARY 3RD 2013

4th Sunday of Year (c). February 3rd 2013   A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) B. Reflection & Dialogue: World Day for Renewed Religious Life   Introduction to the Readings. The readings today remind us of God’s calling to his chosen people down through history, a call to be faithful … [Read more…]

3rd Sunday of Year (c) January 27th 2013

3rd Sunday of Year (c) January 27th 2013 A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) B. Reflection & Dialogue: New Evangelization, with the Scripture at its Centre Introduction to the Readings. The first reading and the Gospel reading today are about new religious beginnings, with Sacred Scripture at the centre of … [Read more…]

2nd Sunday of Year (c) January 20th 2013

2nd Sunday of Year (c) January 20h 2013 A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) B. Reflection & Dialogue: Wedding vision with reality Introduction to the Readings. We are now at the beginning of the readings for the Sundays in Ordinary Time, after the special periods of Advent and Christmas. The … [Read more…]

January 13th 2013 Baptism of the LORD (c)

January 13th 2013 Baptism of the LORD (c) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) B. Dialogue: Baptism: Belief in the Heavens opened  First Reading (Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7). This is the first of what has become known as the four Servant Songs of Deutero-Isaiah. (The others are 49:1-6; 50:4-9; 52:13-53:12.) The … [Read more…]

January 6th 2013 Epiphany (c)

January 6th 2013 Epiphany (c) The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) Dialogue: Epiphany, ongoing revelation of the divine mystery. The new evangelization First Reading This brief reading from the book of Isaiah is chosen to go with today’s Gospel, as it speaks of people on camels bringing gold and incense to … [Read more…]

December 30th 2012 Holy Family (C)

DECEMBER 30TH 2012 HOLY FAMILY (C) SUNDAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) Dialogue: The Family Today. “Let marriage be held in honour by all”. First Reading (Ecclesiasticus 3:2-7, 12-14). The Fourth Commandment says (Exodus 20:12): “Honour your father and your mother that your days … [Read more…]

December 25th Christmas Day 2012

DECEMBER 25TH  CHRISTMAS DAY Sunday Dec 25th 2012 (Midnight Mass & Mass during the Day) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday/Feastday Readings) 1. Midnight Mass. The Humanity of Christ First Reading (Isaiah 9:2-7). The historical background to this reading seems to have been the events of 732 BC when the Assyrian … [Read more…]

DECEMBER 23rd 4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C) 2012

DECEMBER 23rd 4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C) 2012 A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) A. Dialogue: Christ in Prophecy First Reading (Micah 5:1-4). The prophet Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah, from the mid- to the late- eighth century BC. He was unlike Isaiah, who came from the educated upper … [Read more…]

DECEMBER 16th 3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C) 2012

DECEMBER 16th 3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C) 2012 A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) A.  Dialogue: Rejoice Greatly. The Lord is Near First Reading (Zephaniah 3:14-18). This reading is best appreciated when read against its original background in the book of Zephaniah. The collection of oracles in the book of … [Read more…]

December 9th 2nd Sunday of Advent (C) 2012

DECEMBER 9TH 2ND  SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C) 2012 A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) Dialogue: The Gospel Narrative and History First Reading (Baruch 5:1-9). In this reading, heavily dependent on First and Second Isaiah (Isaiah 40-66), a prophet exhorts Jerusalem, pictured as a woman, Mother Zion, to forget the sad … [Read more…]